- A winning Lotto Max ticket worth $1 million is ready to expire, and if that happens, the holder will lose the jackpot.
- In an email to CTV News Toronto, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Commission stated it’s unusual for a reward of this size to go unclaimed.
A winning Lotto Max ticket valued at $1 million is about to expire, and the winner will lose the jackpot if that happens.
The Maxmillions prize was won on June 15, 2021, Lotto Max draws by one lucky player who purchased the ticket in Toronto, but the money was never claimed, according to the OLG in a press release released Wednesday.
For that draw, the winning Maxmillions numbers were 01 – 18 – 22 – 31 – 32 – 40 – 43.
To win the Maxmillions reward, the winning ticket must match all seven numbers, according to the OLG.
The winner has 1 year from the day of the drawing to claim their reward, meaning they have precisely two weeks from today to become a millionaire.
The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Commission said in an email to CTV News Toronto that it’s uncommon for a prize of this magnitude to go unclaimed.
“It’s unusual for a $1 million reward to go unclaimed; normally, the smaller prize sums go unclaimed,” said Tony Bitonti, OLG External Communications Director.
He explained that while there are various reasons why a winning ticket isn’t redeemed, the most typical explanation is that it was misplaced or forgotten.
“Many tickets are left in kitchen drawers or jacket pockets unnoticed” (especially when the seasons change). For example, you may purchase a ticket on a particularly cold spring day and place it in a jacket pocket, but as the weather warms, the jacket is hung up, and the ticket is forgotten,” he explained.
If the $1 million ticket holder doesn’t show up before the two-week deadline, Bitonti said the money would be returned to players in different games or promotions.
The revelation comes as the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Commission (OLG) revealed on Wednesday that the Lotto Max jackpot has risen to $113 million following last night’s draw.
Source: CTV News
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